The Economics Observatory is launched

Geoff Riley

4th June 2020

A hugely impressive roster of economists have come togetherto answer key policy questions on the Covid-19 crisis.

The UK is at the start of what will probably be the deepest recession in living memory. The government faces the daunting task of navigating a route through uncharted territory. Sound and non-partisan advice is needed to inform decision-makers across all parts of society about the choices they face in dealing with the crisis and the recovery.

The Economics Observatory (ECO) is a new website to answer questions from policy-makers and the public about the economics of the Covid-19 crisis and the recovery.

The initiative, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), draws on the expertise of economists from a wide range of universities and research institutions. It will gather and evaluate the best possible data and evidence and use these as the basis for Q&A briefings on the ECO website:

The Economics Observatory is launched

The site is launched with 40 briefings. But the aspiration is to publish as many as 200 in the coming months, responding to need and debate.

Romesh Vaitilingam is Editor-in-Chief of ECO – and the lead editors are:

  • Tim Besley (LSE)
  • Jagjit Chadha (National Institute of Economic and Social Research, NIESR)
  • Diane Coyle (University of Cambridge)
  • Rachel Griffith (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Manchester)
  • Michael McMahon (University of Oxford)
  • Carol Propper (Imperial College Business School)
  • Imran Rasul (University College London)
  • Graeme Roy (Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde)
  • Sarah Smith (University of Bristol)
  • John Turner (Queen's University Belfast).

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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